Research Day: Abstract Deadline & Poster Design

gwresearchdaysAre you ready for research day?

  • Don’t forget to submit your abstract!  The deadline is Tuesday, February 28, 2017.
  • Sign up for a workshop to learn more about effective poster content and design:

Workshop: An Overview of Effective Poster Content and Design
Designing a poster can be challenging. Learn best practices on what content to include to effectively display your results, data and conclusions as well as common mistakes to avoid.
Date: 02/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Room 201 & online via WebEx

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Publishing, Predatory and Promotion!


  • What are the steps involved in getting published?
  • Can you identify a predatory publisher?
  • How can you boost your researcher profile and expand the reach of your scholarly works?
  • How can you make sure you’re complying with federal funder requirements?

Himmelfarb Library’s upcoming series, Updates in Scholarly Communications: Publishing, Impact, and Visibility, will address all of these questions.  Mark these sessions on your calendar to learn more about publishing, measuring the impact of your research, and promoting your publications.

Compliance with NIH Public Access Policies
Date: 03/22/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227
Predatory Publishing: What You Don’t Know, Can Hurt You!
Date: 03/29/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C
Writing a Successful Scientific Article Abstract

Date: 04/12/2017
Time: 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Promoting Your Research – Tips and Strategies

Date: 04/19/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Lobby C

Experiences with Open Access Publishing

Date: 04/26/2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Ross Hall, Rm. 227

Establishing Your Scholarly Web Presence
Date: 05/03//2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Location: Himmelfarb Library, Rm. B103
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Is it a study – or a story?

storyAcademic Medicine recently published an infographic describing how to write a more engaging research paper by approaching it as an opportunity to tell a story via the introduction, discussion, and conclusion.
The infographic is explicit that the methods and results must remain accurate and clear, but also suggests that approaching the paper as a story can enhance it by making the paper ‘understandable, compelling, and memorable.”

The infographic details how a story might be told in specific portions of the paper including describing why the issue matters in the introduction and what what might be the next story to be told in the conclusion.

Lingard, L., & Watling, C. (2016). It’s a Story, Not a Study: Writing an Effective Research PaperAcademic Medicine, 91(12), e12.
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Announcing the 30th Annual Himmelfarb Library Art Show!


This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Himmelfarb Library Art Show! We will be accepting submissions from March 13th through the 31st in preparation for our Opening Reception on Thursday April 6th.  All artwork will be on display on the first floor of Himmelfarb Library until May 5th. Past submissions have included photography, paintings, jewelry, and more!  All students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Milken Institute School of Public Health, School of Nursing, and GW Hospital are invited to participate.

We encourage Distance Education students, faculty, and staff to participate as well in our Virtual Art Show.  Check out last year’s Virtual Art Show here.
Questions?  Email Synneva Elthon at

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Create: Valentine’s Day bookmark!

heartsforhimmelfarbStop by the library to take a study break and make a Valentine’s Day bookmark!  It’s perfect for your secret crush, your Best Study Friend, or to keep for yourself.

Visit the Study Break area of the library to collect your bookmark and ribbon and make a quick and easy gift!  Share your creation on Instagram with the tags #healthyhimmelfarb and #heartsforhimmelfarb and then stop by the Circulation Desk for a sweet treat!

Hurry, though, because supplies are limited and Valentine’s Day is less than a week away!
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Exhibit: “Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present”


What does it mean to be Deaf?  This question is explored by a Yale University exhibit that demonstrates deafness as both an audiological condition as well as a shared language and culture.

Himmelfarb Library is featuring Yale University’s Harvey Cushing/John Hay Whitney Medical Library’s exhibit entitled “Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present.”  This exhibit is being shown on the first floor monitor in Himmelfarb, with an accompanying book exhibit of audiology materials in the display case.

The exhibit explores the history of audiological medical advances, education, and popular culture influences of the Deaf Community.

The online exhibit will be featured until Friday April 1.

Want to see more?  Follow the link to see the full online exhibit:

Deaf: Cultures and Communication, 1600 to the Present” [Electronic Image]. (2016). Retrieved from

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Predatory publishing = threat to medical literature

acadmedThe rise of open access publishing through legitimate publishing venues has opened the door for predatory publishers to take advantage of and profit from researchers seeking to publish the results of their research. Predatory publishers threaten the quality of medical literature via non-existent or sham peer-review processes, unstable publishing platforms which may disappear suddenly and inadequate and/or unqualified editorial oversight.

Predatory publishers may provide false information by listing editorial board members without the individual’s knowledge or consent, and by providing incorrect impact factor information. Predatory publishers may also charge exorbitant or unexpected Article Processing Charges.

A recent article in the February 2017 issue of Academic Medicine tackled the issue of predatory publishing and offered possible solutions for protecting medical literature from this threat. The goal of predatory publishers is to provide “rapid and loose reviews leading to speedy publication in exchange for hefty publication fees” (Harvey & Weinstein,  2016, p. 150).

One common tactic of predatory publishers is to send mass e-mails to physicians and researchers in an effort to solicit article submissions. Many physicians and researchers respond with submissions in an effort to increase their publication numbers.  Unfortunately, academic physicians and scientists are easy prey for these publishers as the number of publications often outweighs the quality of publications when considered for promotion and tenure.

Predatory publishers often claim to have a strict peer review process, when in reality, no such peer review process actually exists. The article discusses how a correspondent for Science “submitted a purposefully flawed scientific paper with meaningless results to 304 suspect journals. A responsible peer review process would have promptly rejected the paper, yet over half of the journals accepted it” (Harvey & Weinstein,  2016, p. 150).

The article does offer some possible steps to fight back against predatory publishing:

  • Increase awareness of the existence of predatory publishers and educate faculty on the importance of carefully judging their sources of biomedical information and the journals in which they choose to publish.
  • Promotion and tenure committees can make an impact by excluding publications in predatory journals from consideration when evaluating faculty, requiring mandatory inclusion of retractions on faculty CV’s, and considering mandatory sanctions for repeated retractions or duplicate publications.
  • Scientific organizations should consider creating panels responsible for developing strategies to fight predatory publishing practices.

If you would like help determining whether or not a journal is a predatory publisher, take a look at Himmelfarb’s Scholarly Publishing Research Guide, or contact Ruth Bueter, Serials and Systems Librarian.

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